NV Alois Kracher Trockenbeerenauslese Cuvee 187 ml

Year: NV
Appellation: Burgenland
Country: Austria
Wine Spectator: 88
Vinous Media: 91
Dessert Wine
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"Apricot and honeyed flavors are intense, turning very fresh and creamy on the lively finish. Chardonnay and Welschriesling. Drink now. 1,500 cases made." (WS)

"($22; sold entirely in 0.187-liter format; this is Kracher's new accompaniment to his BA) Brilliant golden yellow. Ripe tropical fruit, orange zest and fresh pear on the nose, complicated by discreet floral nuances and a suggestion of white bread. The wine's intense sweetness is nicely supported by the acid backbone contributed by the welschriesling component, while the traminer contributes body and opulence and the scheurebe is responsible for the riesling-like fruit flavors. While this does not show any particular vintage character or a definitive varietal profile, it's perfect for early consumption. Drink now to 2015. (Vin Divino, Chicago, IL)" (IWC)

Winery Notes
The Kracher Mini is predominantly a blend of Chardonnay and Welschriesling and was fermented in a combination of stainless steel and new French barriques. This Austrian Trockenbeerenauslese was produced from overripe grapes that were naturally shriveled or affected by noble rot and hand-picked very late in the growing season. No additional sugar was added- what you taste is what came from the vineyard! Kracher’s brand new 187ml bottling (commonly referred to as a split) was made specifically with parties of two (or fewer) in mind but has been successfully tested after a multi course dinner for four. It’s just enough and not too much- the perfect size to share a glass with a friend or simply to enjoy as a personal treat- there’s never a possibility of feeling badly about wasting what’s left of a normal (375 ml) bottle! Alcohol: 9%. Residual sugar: 164.4 g/l. Acidity: 6.9g/l

The Kracher Mini is a vibrant yellow-to-gold in color, redolent of honeyed tropical fruit on the nose with candied nectarine and apricot sensations covering the palate. Nuances of caramel and vanilla highlight its lengthy finish, with the entirety of the wine being anchored by a typically Austrian foundation of perfectly balanced acidity. Ultimately the wine offers a luscious impression of lightness and finesse when paired with fruit-based pastries or cheesecake. It also serves as an excellent match for a variety of cheeses (especially sharp blues) but is sheer perfection when served all by itself as dessert.